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What are all these hidden network adapters?


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#1 bludshot

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 01:02 AM

I went to device manager and did show hidden devices. Then I see a whole bunch of network adapters. What are they? Are they extra things that I don't need that cause privacy or security issues?

 

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RAS Async Adapter

Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface

WAN Miniport (IP)

WAN Miniport (IPv6)

WAN Miniport (L2TP)

WAN Miniport (Network Monitor)

WAN Miniport (PPPOE)

WAN Miniport (PPTP)

WAN Miniport (SSTP)


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Posted 12 May 2014 - 01:19 AM

Hi

 

They are all virtual adapters installed by Windows. These are necessary for some network operations so i would recommend leaving them untouched.



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 10:35 PM

I'm trying to read up and understand this Teredo tunneling thing.

 

Does it route my traffic through some microsoft, or other 3rd party server, such that microsoft (or the 3rd party) gets to log every thing I do online?



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Posted 14 May 2014 - 02:36 AM

 

Does it route my traffic through some microsoft, or other 3rd party server, such that microsoft (or the 3rd party) gets to log every thing I do online?

 

 

 

From my understanding, "Teredo" interface is related to "IPv6" and most programs ( as of today ) don't use it. A known program which uses "Teredo" is "utorrent" for bandwidth gain.

 

Technical details about "Teredo" is covered in this Technet article :  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/network/cc917486.aspx

 

 

 

Teredo is a NAT traversal technology for IPv6 traffic. IPv6 traffic tunneled using Teredo can cross one or multiple NATs and allow a Teredo client to access the hosts on the IPv6 Internet (through a Teredo relay) and other Teredo clients on the IPv4 Internet.

 

Honestly speaking, i am not knowledgeable enough to understand the underlying working of "TCP/IP" protocol.  

 

 

From the security point of view, nobody knows whether a Windows machine contain a backdoor which allows Microsoft to access your PC ( we don't know the source code ). 


Edited by Anshad Edavana, 14 May 2014 - 02:51 AM.





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